Reflections and Translations: February, 2016


  • Thank you to Site Math Curriculum Specialists and CPM trainers for providing great Zone workshops earlier this month! See some pictures below.
  • Thank you to Granger for hosting the annual Middle School Math Field Day this month and thank you to all teachers and students that participated!
  • We welcomed some new members to the District Math Curriculum and PD team this month: Daniel Crook (CPH), Essie Orozco (SUHI) and Lisa O'donoghue (HTM) will be teaching part time, as well as working to support Sweetwater Math teachers at a district level.

Teacher Q & A

Q: What kind of tech support is available for the TI-84 calculators?

A: If one of your TI-84 calculators stops working, contact your librarian or site tech and they can call 1-800-TICARES. A tech there will help them trouble shoot to fix the calculator. If it is not fixable, then they will send it to TI for a replacement. TI will give them a RMA# that will be used to complete a requistion for the shipping cost. Librarians have the complete warranty information.

SDSU Master of Arts in Teaching

The SDSU School of Teacher Education is offering 2 new Masters programs, one in K-8 Mathematics Education and one in K-12 Science Education that will begin in Fall 2016. We hope that you will share the information with your colleagues and friends. Deadlines are quickly approaching. For more information, click HERE

CPM Teacher Tip of the Week

Week 25:

Students do not arrive at your classroom door with the same background knowledge or readiness, so you are constantly required to differentiate instruction. There are general notes and suggestions in the “Universal Access” section in the front matter of the Teacher Edition. You will find specific suggestions for differentiation of instruction within the “Lesson Activity” notes or in the Universal Access section at the end of the teacher notes for many lessons. These notes include questions to ask students when they need a nudge to move on with the lesson and extension questions for students who need more challenge. Asking well-crafted questions is one of the best ways to differentiate instruction, so prepare a set of questions as a resource. Include some questions to check for prior understanding, some to help students explain their thinking, and some to extend thinking. Be prepared to ask individual students within teams to respond to these questions depending on their depth of understanding or their need for help in attaining a basic understanding of the concept(s).

In some lesson notes you will find a discussion of typical points of confusion, common misconceptions, or anticipated errors and suggestions for how to address them along with information about the core problems and any extension and enrichment problems. Each lesson lists the core problems that all students need to complete, but which students do the non-core problems in your classroom may vary from day to day.

When more than the lesson notes and student textbook is needed you should refer to the Universal Access document in the front of the Teacher’s Edition. This document lists and discusses various strategies to use with various learners’ needs. The last few pages of this resource address literary support strategies.

For a list of all the Teacher Tips, click Here

NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Annual Conference

The 2016 NCTM Annual conference is in San Francisco this year! The event includes a research conference as well as regular conference sessions. They also offer group discounts for 5 teachers or more.


Featured Speakers and Schedule Overview

Math Curriculum Team

Daniel Crook (Math curriculum specialist-High School)

Esmeralda Orozco (Math curriculum specialist-High School)

Mimi Williams (Math curriculum specialist-Middle School)

Melisa O'Donoghue (Math curriculum specialist-Middle School)

Carla Jacobs (Special Education Support)

Ivette Sanchez (SEI and Bilingual Support)